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Author Costella, John ♦ Deborah Meert, MLIS ♦ Mlis ♦ Nazi Torabi, MLIS
Source Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Content type Text
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2017-04-13
Copyright Year ©2017
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) Z ♦ R
Subject Keyword Literature Search ♦ Librarian ♦ Medicine ♦ Systematic Review ♦ Critical Appraisal ♦ Reporting
Abstract Objective: A critical element in conducting a systematic review is the identification of studies. To date, very little empirical evidence has been reported on whether the presence of a librarian or information professional can contribute to the quality of the final product. The goal of this study was to compare the reporting rigor of the literature searching component of systematic reviews with and without the help of a librarian. Method: Systematic reviews published from 2002 to 2011 in the twenty highest impact factor pediatrics journals were collected from MEDLINE. Corresponding authors were contacted via an email survey to determine if a librarian was involved, the role that the librarian played, and functions that the librarian performed. The reviews were scored independently by two reviewers using a fifteen-item checklist. Results: There were 186 reviews that met the inclusion criteria, and 44% of the authors indicated the involvement of a librarian in conducting the systematic review. With the presence of a librarian as coauthor or team member, the mean checklist score was 8.40, compared to 6.61 (p<0.001) for reviews without a librarian. Conclusions: Findings indicate that having a librarian as a coauthor or team member correlates with a higher score in the literature searching component of systematic reviews.
ISSN 15589439
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Review
Publisher Date 2017-01-01
e-ISSN 15365050
Journal Journal of the Medical Library Association
Volume Number 104
Issue Number 4

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